Having reduced vision can make it more difficult for students to acquire accurate information about their social environment or the context of activities. Not being able to observe physical gestures or facial expressions makes it difficult to understand social nuances. Students must learn appropriate social skills in order to prepare them for success in their homes, their friendships as well as for job and career readiness.
Nonverbal behaviors provide us with a lot of information about conversations and interactions. Students who are blind will not be able to perceive nonverbal communication and students with low vision may not be able to perceive subtle nonverbal communication. This page provides suggestions for helping the student understand non-verbal communication.
Social interaction skills must be taught to students with visual impairments because they are unable to casually observe how people interact and socialize with one another. This section provides information on ways to help students develop positive social skills.
A person's self-concept is based on their sense of identity and rooted in their sense of self-worth. Families and teams need to encourage the student to develop a good self-concept as a person with a visual impairment. This page provides some suggestions on how to do that.
More Social Skills Resources...
Gaylord-Ross, Robert J. Development of Social Skills by Blind and Visually Impaired Students: Exploratory Studies and Strategies. American Foundation for the Blind, 1992. This text examines the social interactions of children with visual impairments. Theory and research are combined with practical strategies to explore how children can be helped to succeed socially.
Kekelis, Sacks, Wolffe. Focused On: Teaching Social Skills to Visually Impaired Preschoolers Study Guides. American Foundation for the Blind, 2000. This module provides information on ways to support the social development of young children with visual impairments.
Sacks, Sharon. Teaching Social Skills to Students with Visual Impairments: From Theory to Practice. AFB, 2006. This resource book explores what theory can tell us about how children who are visually impaired become socially skilled individuals. It then provides techniques and strategies for helping students develop and refine social skills.
Sacks and Woffe. Focused On: Assessment Techniques Study Guides. American Foundation for the Blind, 2000. This module focuses on assessment techniques for evaluating the social skills of students who are blind or visually impaired.
Glaser, Edie. All Children Have Different Eyes: Learn to Play and Make Friends...Starring Tommy and Nystagmus (wobbly eyes) and Wendy with Strabismus (crossed eyes). This interactive workbook models for children with visual impairments how to confidently and competently play and make friends while facing difficult social challenges, such as how to answer questions about their condition, enter play groups, and handle their limitations responsibly.
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The LOTTO Cards Grab and Go Supplement includes 37 theme related unit cards along with activity suggestions that support activities within the TVI's Guide to Teaching the ECC.
On My Way File Folder Cards
Print and use these cards to represent locations the student may visit that are related to the current thematic unit. Use these with the On My Way File Folder Game outlined in the TVI's Guide to Teaching the ECC p. 27.
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